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Oregon City apartments evacuated on Christmas Eve

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OREGON CITY, OR (KPTV) -

Some Oregon City families are spending Christmas Eve in a Red Cross shelter. They were forced to evacuate their apartment complex because of a threatening slow-moving landslide.

Families at the Forest Edge apartment complex had until 5 p.m. this Christmas Eve to leave. It was just Tuesday that those in the 60 units got word that they had to go.

The rain-soaked soils have been shifting, making the land beneath their apartments just too unstable. The latest evacuation orders came days after tenants at the next door Berryhill Townhouses and Apartments were also ordered to evacuate. 

Nick Heinz was up against the Christmas Eve deadline. 

"I just broke down crying to the guy who was helping me because my kids want to know why we're not all together and as a dad, the last thing I want to hear is, ‘Where's daddy? Why isn't daddy here? When's daddy coming home?'" he said. 

When asked if his family would be together Christmas Eve, Heinz replied, "Yeah, we're going to get together and spend a few days in a hotel and we're going to put some lights up, buy a little tree and make the little room our home away from home." 

Clackamas County has declared a state of emergency because of the slow moving landslide, hoping to get financial aid.

In the meantime, city officials say if you would like to help the evacuees get back on their feet, the best way is through cash donations. A landslide relief fund has been set up at the Lewis and Clark Bank on Mcloughlin Boulevard in Oregon City.

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